July 26 Marks One Year Since Clarksburg Quadruple Homicide
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on July 26, 2014 @ 7:27PM
Created on July 26, 2014 @ 3:02PM
It's been one year since four men, two of them a father and son duo who delivered papers for the Exponent Telegram, died in a shooting on Locust Avenue in Clarksburg.
On July 26, four men lost their lives over what police think is more than likely a drug-related dispute. Two innocent bystanders, a father and son duo that were just doing their job delivering papers that morning, were killed.
Fed and Freddy Swiger worked for the paper for 30 years. This's what the Swiger family said the day after tragedy struck.
"It's a shock. We're still reeling," said Minnie Swiger, Fred's ex-wife and Freddy's mother.
"We have to go to the scene and get closure and then go from there," said Randy Swiger, Fred's son and Freddy's brother.
"We will miss them," said Mrs. Swiger.
Police said the call came in at about 4:30 in the morning that day. They rushed to the scene and found the four men.
"Residents on that street are still kind of leery about what happened over there and they still do call in things, like suspicious persons and things like that," said Sergeant Bill Reed of the Clarksburg Police Department.
Officers had their hands full over the next few days. They tracked down the suspect, Sidney Muller, who they said had taken off for Fairmont after the alleged incident.
"Getting Muller and bringing him back to Clarksburg and questioning him, I was told it was pretty hectic," said Sergeant Reed.
The community was rocked by the saddening news.
"The two were delivering their papers. They'd wave at you and stop. A lot of us police officers knew them and recognized them by name. It affected a few of the police men," said Sergeant Reed.
"The community overall was sad, but I can just imagine how devastated the families were," said Bill Dean, a Clarksburg resident.
The two other men killed in the alleged incident were Todd Amos and Christopher Hart. Sidney Muller, the man accused in this case, is headed to trial on November 10.
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